RANGERS Football Club and The Disability Matters Group are aiming to provide a Sensory Space for families with young members with Sensory Processing Disorders such as Autism.

It has been recognised that the club has limited accessible specialist facilities to help everyone visiting Ibrox Stadium to have a good time.

Parents and companions who visit our club with their children can often find themselves missing the match or having to go home early because their child cannot settle.

What we hope to provide is the opportunity for kids with SPD to be able to come along and watch the match in an environment which makes them feel comfortable and secure.

If they decide that they need other distractions, their parent/guardian can still enjoy being at the stadium and watching the match via a screen in an environment which will keep their child happy and calm.

Members of The Disability Matters Group traveled to Sunderland FC to visit their Sensory Room and learn from their experiences.

The club has been overwhelmed by the support from our fans to get this facility up and running.

We have to date been given over £18,000 in fundraising and donations with promises of more to come with supporters clubs and individual fans doing their bit to raise important funds.

Parent and lifelong supporter Craig Donnelly, one of the fund’s driving forces, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough.

“This means so much to all of the supporters with kids living with sensory issues, not just Autistic kids but kids with Downs Syndrome and other differing learning and behavioural difficulties.”

FORTHCOMING SUPPORTERS FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Golf Day at Dundonald Golf Club (August 8).

Fun Day for all at the Woodend Pub (23 July) followed by a Fundraising evening – Numbers restricted so buy tickets in advance from Lindsay @ Bocadillo.

FORTHCOMING RANGERS DISABILITY MATTERS GROUP FUNDRAISING EVENT
The club is overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts so far and The Disability Matters Group are planning an event of their own to show support to fans’ fundraising and to hopefully make this a very special facility.

So show your support and have some fun in the process join us on June 18 for the Copland Ceilidh at the Ibrox Suite with dancing and fun for all the family from 5pm to 10pm.

Music to be provided by the amazing HERON VALLEY who will have your feet whizzing around the floor in no time at all.

Tickets, which include food, will be on sale online from June. Licensed cash bar and fundraising activities such as raffle will be available.

ALL profits from this event going to the Sensory Space.

KIDS COMPETITION
The Sensory Space needs a name and a special prize will be offered to the sender of the best suggestion to [email protected] or by post to Disability Matters, Argyle House, Ibrox Stadium.

Entries will be judged and a short list drawn up with the final winner selected by Directors.

The Sensory Space will be situated at the meeting point of the Upper Sandy Jardine Stand and the Govan West Corner.

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